Summer means time outdoors and while many folks prefer barbecues and swimming pools, I’d be lost without al fresco concerts and Shakespeare productions. Shore Fire’s had great outdoor shows, from Zac Brown to the National to Government Mule. And having theatrical friends has made my outdoor experience with the Bard even more sublime this year. The New York Classical Theater’s rendering of Richard III featured Monmouth County friend (and Sam’s former classmate) Sean Gilbert (pictured here in rehearsals) in the role of Prince Edward.
It was a fabulous outdoor production which took advantage of several breathtaking Central Park backdrops as both players and audience traversed from scene to scene on a perfect moonlit night. I had previously seen Sean Gilbert in musical productions, and was impressed by his handling of Shakespeare!
Delightful weather was in store in NJ last weekend when I was one of a robust crowd of almost 500 on hand to see the terrific Spring Lake Shakespeare in the Park presentation of Twelfth Night. Pictured here: Marilyn Laverty (me) with the charming Countess Olivia (Lilly Darche) and indefatigable producer Jeanette Pappas, two of my favorite and most talented Jersey Shore gals. Kudos to producer and director Sandra (Sam) McLaughlin and a musical shout out to Tom Mac Gowan!